A bloke’s penis may never work again after his partner put expanding foam inside it with the aim of keeping it erect.
The 45-year-old unidentified man had been struggling with impotence and had been inserting various objects into the opening of his penis during sex, with the aim of staying erect.
But things took an ugly turn when his partner tried to use the straw of a can of insulation spray to keep him hard.
The foam, normally used for home insulation and not sex, hardened and he was left with several masses in the inside of his penis and bladder.
Medics who treated the American man said he waited three weeks before seeking medical attention and only did so after finding it increasingly sore and difficult to urinate.
By the time he arrived at the hospital, he was passing blood.
Once he raised the alarm with medics, scans found various masses of the hardened foam with some measuring up to nearly 4ins (11cm) long.
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Medical staff managed to extract the foam from inside the man's bladder during surgery, but the masses located in his penis proved more problematic.
Using specialised tools, doctors tried to grab the foam and pull it out through the opening of the man's penis but this proved impossible.
It became apparent that the man suffered from urethral stricture disease – a condition where the urethra, the tube carrying urine out of the penis, becomes scarred, causing it to narrow.
This scarred tissue effectively anchored the foam in place, making the attempts to extract it through the penis impossible.
Medics were forced to perform a perineal urethrostomy, where a new opening is made between the scrotum and the anus, to remove the remaining fragments.
This procedure diverts the urine stream away from the penis, with the new hole behind the scrotum used to expel urine.
No issues were identified after the operation and the man is expected to undergo further surgery to repair his urethra but only after he passes a psychiatric assessment.
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